Checklist and deadlines

Admission requirements

Incoming first-year students

Each applicant is evaluated as an individual. Your admission to WSU is based on a review of many factors, which may include:

  • High school or secondary school academic performance

  • Submit an SAT/ACT score, or submit test-optional documents (one essay and an activities list, and optional letter of recommendation).

  • Rigor of high school curriculum

  • Meeting Wayne State's English proficiency requirements

  • Any other supporting documentation requested

  • Submit all application documents by December 1 to be considered for merit-based scholarships

Transfer students

You are considered a transfer student if you have attended a college or university. To be admitted to a general degree program, you must:

Use the course equivalency tool to find out which credits will transfer to WSU.

If you are transferring with less than one year of college coursework, you will also need to submit your high school transcript.

If you plan to apply to a professional program such as nursing, social work, or pharmacy and health sciences, contact these programs individually for additional requirements.

Ease your transition with help from the Office of International Students and Scholars.

How to apply

  • Complete the university application for undergraduate students and submit the $25 application fee.

  • Submit copies of all transcripts to:

    Office of Undergraduate Admissions
    Wayne State University
    P.O. Box 02759
    Detroit, MI 48202

  • Have all official transcripts translated into English by an accredited transcript evaluation agency.

    • Make sure we also receive original official transcripts in your native language.

  • Provide descriptions of the courses on your transcript so we can appropriately transfer credit.

  • Submit your signed statement of financial support and supporting bank statement.

  • Provide proof of citizenship (e.g., passport or signed photograph).

  • Include a photocopy of your current visa documents if you hold non-immigrant status.

Enrollment deposit

When you accept your offer of admission, you must also submit a $50 enrollment deposit to secure your place at WSU. The deposit is nonrefundable after May 1 for first-year students and June 1 for transfer students.

Learn more about the enrollment deposit.

Additional requirements

  • English translations of documents must bear the seal/stamp of the issuing institution.

  • Your statement of financial support cannot be older than six months.

  • Bank supporting documentation must show the dollar amount equivalent to the financial requirements for undergraduate international students.

  • English proficiency tests cannot be more than two years old.

  • Checks drawn on foreign banks should carry the notation "Payable in U.S. funds, plus service charges."


Submit all application materials by the appropriate date, depending on the semester in which you plan to start classes:

Fall (Sept.Dec.) Aug. 1
Winter (Jan.April) Dec. 1
Spring/summer (MayAug.) April 1